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FILE - In this Monday, May 8, 2017, file photo, former National Intelligence Director James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing: "Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election." Clapper on Sunday, May 14, described a U.S. government "under assault" after President Donald Trump's controversial decision to fire FBI director James Comey, as lawmakers urged the president to select a new FBI director free of any political stigma. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

James Clapper said Watergate 'pales' in comparison to Trump's Russia scandal

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Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the Watergate scandal "pales" in comparison to the alleged links between Russia and President Trump's campaign, Time reported.

"I think if you compare the two that Watergate pales, really, in my view, compared to what we're confronting now," Clapper said while in Australia.

Clapper also said that Trump's continued sharing of intelligence with Russia reflects "either ignorance or disrespect." 

A break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate hotel in 1972 and the cover-up that came afterwards is what is credited as ultimately bringing down Republican President Richard Nixon. 

Clapper's comments come in the midst of multiple investigations into alleged links between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. 

Former FBI director James Comey is set to testify before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday about the alleged links. 

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